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Okay guys I'm looking to learn some stuff on varmint hunting, whether it be tricks,calls,places,reloading or guns and optics. I'd like to here some opinions and personal preferences and any hunting stories. Lets have em.
 

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i hunt coyote yr round either still hunt them or kill them in the summer while hunting ground hog best rifle i could recomend would be a remington 70 bull barrel 22/250 with 55gr ballistic tip
 

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I looked at the Remington but the one I wanted you have to be a cop to buy so I'm going with a Savage .223.



I'm hoping to start coyote hunting as soon as I get the gun, Should I head into the woods or a big open field? I dont know a whole lot about them other than I dont like them. I came across a dead yearling that they had killed this deer season and I want to get as many gone as soon as possible, especially before the new yearlings are born this spring. I need to pick up a cheap call too. can you recommend one.
 

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what kind of rem did you look at ? as for were to hunt i set up in wooded area looking in a open field but i make sure i can see whats behind me at all times yotes or sneaky best advice o can give is what a old timer showed me get you a sqeeky toy like dog chew on and cut the sqeeker out you can blow through this and it sounds like a rabbit in trouble next go get a stuffed rabbit color dont really matter mine is blue tie it to a small sampling or cedar bout a foot tall run a string from the tree to you bout 75 ft but you have to hide really well best to make a blind start blowing the sqeeky and pulling the string making the rabbit shake youll be supprised to what will hapen next if you sit up right you willneed another person there to help shoot ive had a whole pack come in when you least expect it the rabbit will be a cloud of cotton in the air just be careful as i said ther are sneaky where r you located maybe you could go with me one day i could show you a tip or two
 

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what kind of rem did you look at ? as for were to hunt i set up in wooded area looking in a open field but i make sure i can see whats behind me at all times yotes or sneaky best advice o can give is what a old timer showed me get you .a sqeeky toy like dog chew on and cut the sqeeker out you can blow through this and it sounds like a rabbit in trouble next go get a stuffed rabbit color dont really matter mine is blue tie it to a small sampling or cedar bout a foot tall run a string from the tree to you bout 75 ft but you have to hide really well best to make a blind start blowing the sqeeky and pulling the string making the rabbit shake youll be supprised to what will hapen next if you sit up right you willneed another person there to help shoot ive had a whole pack come in when you least expect it the rabbit will be a cloud of cotton in the air just be careful as i said ther are sneaky where r you located maybe you could go with me one day i could show you a tip or two


I looked at the Remington model 700P. I want faster rifle twist than the standard Model 700 comes with 1 in 12". The 700P comes in 1 in 7 or a 1 in 9. I guess it really wouldnt matter but I want a gun that is capable of 1000yd shots and its hard to do with a .223 with a slow twist.



I live in Dickenson Co Va but I'm at Swanns marina on Douglas Lake a lot. I would apreciate any help too. And thanks for the tip. I'd love to go with you one day. Maybe I can get snoot to dust off his old tack driver and go too.
 

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well i do a lot of match shooting and the 223 as well as its brother the 222 will reach the 1000 yd mark if loaded right for this i recomend 23 grains of accurate 2230 powder with a 55grain psp or ballistic tip nosler but its knock down power want be what you want the 700 in a bull barrell like the varmint speacial is what you need or a old winchester model 70 target rifle for that distance i would go with a 220 swift 22/250 or even a 25/06 the 25/06 with the right load will shoot flat out to 4-500 yd and the larger 22 cal will have the kill power i live about 45 min from swans i fish there alot give me a shout well fish some
 

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my 2 cents is wear camo especially on your hands & face a mask like turkey hunters use will cover your head well my cousin had a coyote about run right over him while we were on a crow setup it came up thru a thicket below us with the caller going we never heard it
 

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well i do a lot of match shooting and the 223 as well as its brother the 222 will reach the 1000 yd mark if loaded right for this i recomend 23 grains of accurate 2230 powder with a 55grain psp or ballistic tip nosler but its knock down power want be what you want the 700 in a bull barrell like the varmint speacial is what you need or a old winchester model 70 target rifle for that distance i would go with a 220 swift 22/250 or even a 25/06 the 25/06 with the right load will shoot flat out to 4-500 yd and the larger 22 cal will have the kill power i live about 45 min from swans i fish there alot give me a shout well fish some
Well I do like the 700 VSF the VS SFII and the VL SS Thumb hole. And the model 700 is arguably the best small caliber long range rifle. Most match shooters I have talked to get a custom barrel though everyone loves the action on the 700. I'll do more research on all this before I order. Have you looked at that Savage yet? If not give it a look and tell me what you think. http://www.savagearms.com/12model_longrang...onvarminter.htm I really like the extra heavy barrel and the H-S precision stock. I would need to replace the stock on the Remingtons and theres an extra $200.
 

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my 2 cents is wear camo especially on your hands & face a mask like turkey hunters use will cover your head well my cousin had a coyote about run right over him while we were on a crow setup it came up thru a thicket below us with the caller going we never heard it


I'm going to try to make me a gillie suit. Thanks for everyone's advice.
 

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guys one note on the savage rifles ive owned several even custom built a few the one and only draw back i can say on the rifles is the bolt lock time and there is a huge barrel issue on some of them the barrels would actually start to unscrew of some of them some of the savage rifles have a lockring that holds that barel tight it will back off and cause head space trouble if the barrel moves enough it can cause serious problems for the gun and your face after exploding one due to this im partial to the 700 the rifles i had troble with was the model 110 savage the newr ones i dont know they maybe good its basically what you can afford i would recoomend goin to a local gun show you can get a good varmint gun with a target stock and bull barrel reasonable only thing is is take a bore light or borrow one from a vendor anc check the rifleings in the barrel make sure there not laid down and on the 222 and 223 always check if the gun is used the first 17 inches of the barrel from the receiver there will sometimes be a ring in the rifleing that will be burned out wny im not sure but ive seen this in a bunch ofdiffernet brand guns
 

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Thanks for the tip.

I do like a Savage though. Snoot has one in a .243 he's had for years and it is somthing else. He also has a 7400
270 Remington That get around .5 MOA. The 243 gets .25 MOA. Of course the Savage is more accrurate because its a bolt action but my point here is I I dont think I can go wrong picking either a Remingto or a Savage. I would love to have a Model 700 heavy barreled 300WSM.

Snoot if I'm wrong about your 270 model correct me please.
 

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JUST ABOUT GIVIN UP DEER HUNTING FOR THE FISHING.



BUT, DURING WINTER I RABBIT HUNT WITH MY FATHER AS OFTEN AS I CAN.

BETWEEN HIM AND HIS BUDDY THEY HAVE 5 OF THE BEST BEAGLES I HAVE EVER HUNTED WITH OR SEEN IN ACTION.



IN THE PACK IS A REALLY OLD FEMALE (CINDY) WHO IS THE JUMP DOG AND VERY GOOD AT IT (IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE SHE HAS ONE UP). THEN THEY HAVE 2 YOUNGER DOGS WHO ARE A LITTLE FASTER FOR THE CHASE AND OL' JOE WHO KEEPS THE WHOLE PACK ON THE TRAIL AFTER THE RABBIT TRIES TO GIVE THOSE YOUNG DOGS THE SLIP. JOE LAGS BEHIND AND KEEPS HIS NOSE TO THE GROUND TO STAY ON THE SCENT. THEN THERE IS WHISKEY, HE IS THE RUNT OF THE GROUP, BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN A THICKET OR CLUMP OF DOZED TREES AND DIRT THAT HE WONT SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE.



ONLY PROBLEM OF LATE IS FINDING PLACES TO HUNT WITH ALL OF THE DEVELOPMENTS AND NEW BUILT HOMES.



BUT TIME SPENT WITH MY DAD IS PRICELESS, SHOOTING AT A RABBIT WITH A 20 GUAGE IS JUST ICING.



GONEFISHN01
 

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I havnt rabbit hunted in years but the only way its fun is if you have some good dogs and it sounds like you do. I may have to break out the old 20 ga and try it in a few days.
 

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plannin to hunt cane cutters @ the end of the month been a couple of times for cottontails w/ my uncle's buddy he's got 4 beagles love watchin & listenin those dogs work
 

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I aint had a good beagle in 15 years. Im going to try to take Mammas little house dog, she is a expert rabbit hunter the only problem is she is so fast she catches them and kills them before I can get a shot off. Mamma might shoot me if I shot her 4th child.
 

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went coyote hunting this weekend and got one around 40lbs. took about 45 minutes to call him in with my rabbit distress call. you have to keep an eye out behind you cause they will circle around you and try to come downwind. its best to sit up against a big tree that knocks off your silhouette. i try to call for at least 45 minutes. sometimes it takes them a while to come into range to hear your call. had my best luck sitting on top of a ridge. good luck
 
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